Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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JIM KELLY 2000 Greats of Game Feel The Game Classics Jersey Buffalo Bills HOF
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Four 1987 87 Topps Football Unopened Wax Packs - Possible Jim Kelly Rookie
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250 Different BUFFALO BILLS Football Cards with SHAQ LAWSON, JIM KELLY, WILLIAMS
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1984 Topps USFL Football #36 Jim Kelly Rookie PSA 9 (MINT)
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Jim Kelly 2005 Upper Deck Exquisite Football JERSEY PATCH 06 15 *J142
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2006 Donruss Gridiron Gear Rivals Silver #5 Dan Marino Jim Kelly 186 250 B79691
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Football Mammoth Cards Dan Marino & Jim Kelly
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2003 Ultimate Collection Jersey Duals #UDJKB Jim Kelly Drew Bledsoe Jersey 250
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JIM KELLY 2001 Donruss Classics Hash Marks # HM-2 Buffalo Bills HOF
$20.00

1996 Upper Deck PROVIEW GOLD Jim Kelly #PV12 Buffalo Bills
$20.00

1991 PROLINE PORTRAITS #1 JIM KELLY BILLS & JOE GIBBS AUTOGRAPHED
$50.00

Jim Kelly 2015 National Treasures jersey # red parallel NM #3 12 Buffalo Bills
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JIM KELLY 2015 LEAF Q PURE AUTO AUTOGRAPH CARD PA-JK1 #D 7 10 BUFFALO BILLS RARE
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Panini Flawless Ruby Autograph Jersey Greats Bills Auto Jim Kelly 01 15 2014
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Panini Flawless Ruby Autograph Jersey Greats Bills Auto Jim Kelly 15 15 2014
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Panini Flawless Gold Autograph Jersey Greats Bills Auto Jim Kelly 09 10 2014
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar



Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED HAND SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS THROWBACK MINI HELMET HOF 02 PSA
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JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED HAND SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS THROWBACK MINI HELMET HOF 02 PSA
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Bills Jim Kelly Authentic Signed Full Size Rep Red Helmet JSA Witness
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Jim Kelly Signed UD QB Challenge Card Autographed Bills PSA DNA 83891380
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JIM KELLY autographed signed Buffalo Bills white mini helmet JSA Witness WP81854
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RARE JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTO PERSONAL BUSINESS CARD PSA DNA 10 GEM MINT BILLS HOF
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Jim Kelly Framed Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed Buffalo Bills
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JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTO BUFFALO BILLS WHITE JERSEY JSA AUTOGRAPHED
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Jim Kelly SIGNED Jersey - PSA DNA - Houston Gamblers Autographed w PHOTO
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JIM KELLY SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS AUTHENTIC PRO FULL SIZE HELMET HOF 02 PSA DNA
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Jim Kelly Signed Buffalo Bills Logo Football PSA
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JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS FULL SIZE REPLICA HELMET JSA
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JIM KELLY THOMAS REED SMITH LEVY SIGNED BILLS AUTHENTIC PRO FULL SIZE HELMET PSA
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Jim Kelly AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED 8X10 PHOTO Bills HOF GAI COA
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JIM KELLY & HERSCHEL WALKER X4 Buffalo Bills - Signed Newspaper Photo PSA DNA
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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  1. I have a ’92 hologram sky box Jim Kelly.
    I can’t find it to price it,like a lot of my cards.
    Any help would be appreciated. Ty

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